4 Signs of Failing Brakes

When it comes to you and your family’s safety on the road, one of the most important vehicle components is your braking system. If your brakes begin to fail and you do not attend to them immediately, you are risking getting into a serious accident. If you are worried that your braking system is on its last leg, we invite you to stop by for a checkup at Eccles Auto Service in Dundas Ontario. We can help you get back on the road, with the peace of mind that your vehicle’s brakes are in tip-top shape. If your not sure whether or not your vehicle’s brakes need attention, check out these common 4 signs of failing brakes.

Squealing, Squeaking, and Other Noises

Are your brakes starting to become noticeably loud? If you hear squealing, squeaking, or other noises every time you brake, it’s time to change the brake system. Usually, as your brake pads begin to wear down, you will start to notice a slight squeal or squeak. As that noise becomes louder and turns into a grinding noise, it is a good indication you are burning through the brake pads and starting to damage further components. As soon as you start to hear noises from your brakes, take the car in for an inspection. Our mechanics at Eccles Auto Service will be able to tell you if you simply need to replace your brake pads or if the problem has worsened.

Shuddering or Jerky Brakes

When you push/press your brake pedal, the system should respond smoothly and effectively, bringing your car to a stop. If you have noticed that your brakes are making a jerking movement or shuddering when you push them, then it is time for an inspection. This can be a sign that the rotors inside your braking system are no longer even.

Feeling Soft or Spongy

As you push on your brake pedal, you should feel a firm and gentle give. If your brakes are starting to feel soft or spongy as you push them, it might be a sign that the system is about to give. When the softness (eventually) turns into your brake pedal reaching your floorboards, it is time to see your mechanic immediately. This can be an indication of a serious failure in your braking system, such as issues relating to your master cylinder.

A Strong Burning Smell

If you smell a strong burning odour when you are pushing on your brakes, it could be a sign that your brakes are actually burning up. Make sure you pull over as soon as you can to let your braking system cool down and see your mechanic right away. If you don’t pull off and allow your brakes to cool off, you can wind up boiling your brake fluid, leading to complete brake system failure.

If your brakes are showing symptoms of any of the above issues, we welcome you to stop by at Eccles Auto Service in Dundas today. We are proud to provide excellent auto repair services across the Greater Hamilton area and we will be glad to help you diagnose what is going on with your vehicle’s braking system. Because your brakes play such a vital role in keeping you and your family safe on the road, we encourage you to never ignore the signs of failing brakes. We can quickly and efficiently figure out what is wrong, find you the best solution for your needs, and get you back on the road ASAP.